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Tuesday, January 31

January 31, 2017

Argument: Not much of a class today, since I was gone for most of it at an enrollment seminar. You spent the class coming up with a claim, a support, at least three warrants and some backup. We’ll review those Thursday.

Adaptation: Today we started off by talking about the long-term project for this class, the opening details of which can be found here: adaptation-1-31-17-shakespeare. You need to have a play picked by next Tuesday. As soon as you figure out which one you want to claim, tell me! Here’s what’s been taken so far:
Sam – Julius Caesar
Haley – Macbeth
Sarah – Twelfth Night
Olivia – Taming of the Shrew
Alexa – Much Ado About Nothing
Hannah –
Ash –
Chip – Richard III
Nova – Othello
Emmett – Hamlet
Cierra – King Lear
Joanie –
Bailey –
Cassidy –
Henry –
Victoria – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In class, I handed out an article from UChicago on a possible way to define adaptation. You read the first page in class; feel free to read the rest at your leisure (or I may assign it in the future). adaptation-1-31-17-uchicago-defining-adaptation

Through our discussion, we are working toward finding the boundaries of adaptation, and in doing so may identify other useful terminology. We’re not quite there yet. We will continue this discussion on Thursday. Today I did collect Response 1 – if you were absent or did not give this to me for whatever reason, please do so at your earliest convenience. Here is the board:


The board represents our discussion on the fundamental differences between a novel and a film. We started talking about purpose or intent, and quickly branched off into the minutiae of each form. We’ll continue this on Thursday as well.

For Thursday, please do read the Benjamin handout from last week. There will be an in-class response based on this reading, so it is quite important that you complete it in order to do this response.

Siren: Stuff, stuff and more stuff.

Prompt: Today your notebooks were checked and we had and in-class reading. Though this is not outlined in the syllabus: if you are absent on a reading day, you are exempted from the reading (it will not hurt or help your grade). If you come in halfway through the block, you will be expected to read.

If you did not have your notebooks today, please have them complete for Thursday.

The reading for this week was handed out. Here it is again, if you should need it: prompt-1-31-17-reading-board-game-rules. Remember that one of your prompts for next Tuesday must be a response of some kind to this reading: an analysis, an emotional response, a piece in the style of the reading, or some other kind of connected response.

See you Thursday!

Publishing: Today you helped make buttons for AWP. Thank you for your help; hopefully soon we will be able to have regular class. I will work on gathering materials; keep thinking of things you might want to try.

Comedy: Today you got a bit of a crash course in film history. We went all the way back to the late 1800s, when film was in its infancy. We talked about the earliest film developments (Edison and Lumiere), then jumped ahead to the silent film era (roughly 1912 – 1929). We watched a short film from 1928, called “Cook, Papa, Cook.”

In conjunction with this film, we talked about silent film survival rates (roughly 30% of films from the era still exist; the rest are lost) as well as frame rate (fps) and why so many silent films seem like they’re just a little bit sped up. The vast majority of the time it’s due to the film being played back at the wrong frame rate (the frame rate for silent films is less than the standard for sound film; if a silent film is played back at the new standard, it will play faster than originally recorded).

If you were absent, get the notes from a classmate (photocopy, perhaps) as there are lots of little bits of information that is not included in this brief recap.

Tomorrow you’ll be watching films from this era; as you view them, keep the things we discussed today in mind.

Survey: CNF: Today we went over the difference between moment and riff. You marked up a couple of samples, differentiating between moment and riff, and then I gave you David Sedaris’s “Today’s Special,” which I want you to mark up the same way for Thursday.

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